The payment-focused cryptocurrency has started publishing information about the new platform, which allows data to be stored online in the form of a decentralized cloud service.
The upcoming Dash platform has been developed from many years of ideas for the development of cryptocurrency functionality – since the announcement of “Dash Evolution” in 2015.
The Dash platform will include four features: Dash Engine, DAP, DAPI, username level, DPNS and Dash Platform Protocol, or DPP.
Mark Mason spoke to the Cointelegraph, exactly what the company means by “turning Dash into a decentralized cloud.”
According to Mason, “The Dash platform is an application development platform that leverages the Dash mainland and blockchain, transforming the p2p network into a decentralized cloud.
Customers will be able to integrate their applications into the Dash platform using a distributed and decentralized API – DAPI. Meanwhile, Dash Drive provides support by letting these clients send, store and retrieve application data, and query blockchain through an optimized interface.
“One of the biggest benefits of DAPI is that it gives developers the same access and security for the entire site, at no cost and overhead for general maintenance,” Mason said.
For the first MVP release, the Dash platform will run as a database as a service or DBaaS. For this purpose, it will use data contracts with custom data structures defined for applications that store their data on the main Dash. This data will in turn be documented through the Dash blockchain.
Ryan Taylor, CEO of Dash Core Group, summed up the platform’s core message as integrating “the user experience of a centralized solution with the decentralized benefits of an unlicensed network like Dash.”
The cloud-based functionality of the platform means that all data in the network is synchronized between the user’s devices, such as tablets, desktops and smartphones.
New human-readable usernames, instead of alphanumeric encrypted addresses, will be supported through the Dash platform naming service or the DPNS layer. Platform users will be able to create usernames in the classroom, become friends with other platform users and accept friend requests – in addition to interacting with DASH by using these usernames.
Dash believes that moving from complex cryptographic identifiers will encourage more people to adopt cryptocurrencies by incorporating known interfaces and processes into their decentralized system.
As mentioned earlier, cryptocurrencies can be handled with usernames on a number of existing closed wallet systems, although Dash claims that the service is different as the username level originally runs on the blockchain.